Ex-Bar Association president under CBI scanner

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has started an inquiry into allegations of forgery and cheating levelled against a former president of District Bar Association, Mukesh Mittal, following a communication from UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar.

This follows recommendations of the Director General of Police, UT, on the allegations of forgery and cheating levelled by Nirmal Singh, a resident of Malikpur Taprian in SAS Nagar district.

Following a complaint from Singh in June 2011, an FIR was registered against Chandigarh residents, Gurinder Garg and Varinder Kumar, directors of Sanjivni Infotech Pvt Ltd, for the offence of cheating. The complainant had alleged cheating as the cheques issued by the accused in lieu of the sale consideration of said land had been dishonoured after the sale deeds were executed in favour of the company owned by the accused. Further, the complainant had filed a separate complaint against their advocate Mukesh Mittal, who mediated the deal between the parties, alleging forgery, cheating and criminal breach of trust. It was alleged that Mittal prepared a forged receipt confirming payment of Rs 9,37,65,938 to the complainant.

In August this year, the complainant came across another fraud allegedly committed by Mittal. After the police authorities failed to initiate any action against the accused, Singh filed a complaint with the UT Home Secretary highlighting bias and inaction on the part of Chandigarh Police and requesting for an investigation by some senior official from the Crime Branch.

The DGP has said that since the complaint has inter-state ramifications, it may be sent to the CBI for investigation.

Following this, expressing concern about the gravity of offences alleged against Mittal, the Home Secretary has marked the inquiry in the matter to the CBI.

When contacted, CBI DIG Mahesh Aggarwal confirmed that he had received the recommendation and had asked an SP-level officer to conduct the inquiry.

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